Tuesday, June 14, 2016

SIFF 2016: 'Cameraperson' (2016) Capsule Review

Documentary collage as autobiography is an intriguing narrative premise. In Cameraperson, Kirsten Johnson uses footage from the acclaimed films she’s photographed over the years (including Citizenfour, The Invisible War, The Oath, and many more) to construct a cinematic memoir.

Juxtaposing seemingly unrelated images, an arc emerges, and Cameraperson paints a picture of the person bouncing around the world, from New York to Nigeria to Bosnia and beyond, seizing it all on film. Gorgeous and captivating; full of themes of war, motherhood, and oppression; this is a compelling, moving look at the creative process and the people behind the camera. [Grade: A]

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